The Mandalorian is slowly opening up new corners of the Star Wars mythos, and it will get bigger moving forward. During Disney's Investor Day 2020, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced two spinoff series in the form of Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic, and these shows will be set within the time period of The Mandalorian.
Ultimately, all three shows were confirmed to crossover for a massive “event story” sometime down the road, and The Mandalorian will no doubt set the precedent for that to happen. It’s no surprise that the arrival of the two spinoff shows was due to the success of the Jon Favreau-created show, and it will be interesting to see how this new interconnected universe on Disney+ will play out moving forward.
Right now, The Mandalorian is entering its final stretch in the already-successful sophomore run of the show, and the much-anticipated rematch between Mando and Moff Gideon will no doubt be at the forefront. As fans wait for the eventual confrontation, a new piece of promotional material for the show has arrived, and it promises an in-depth breakdown of the highly-talked-about second season.
Empire shared The Mandalorian-themed cover art for their upcoming February issue. The cover, illustrated by Paul Shipper, showcases Mando, Grogu, and Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano, and it promises a “deep dive” into The Mandalorian Season 2.
In a separate tweet, Empire also unveiled a subscriber-only cover that pays homage to one of the adorable moments of “Chapter 12.” In the cover, it shows the aftermath of Grogu’s attempt in stealing space biscuits from his one-time classmates.
The two new magazine covers provide an exciting look at some of the best moments of The Mandalorian Season 2, but the interesting takeaway from the reveal is Empire's promise of a deep dive into the world of the Emmy-award winning show. As it is, it sounds exciting since it's a safe bet that fans will uncover more hidden secrets from the series.
It isn't surprising that the cover is primarily focused on the trio of Mando, Grogu, and Ahsoka Tano since "Chapter 13: The Jedi" provided notable moments that teased the future of the narrative trajectory of The Mandalorian Season 2 and beyond. Given that, it's now evident that Ahsoka's namedrop of Grand Admiral Thrawn is more than just a glorified Easter Egg, and it looks like that the Chiss tactician will be the endgame villain of The Mandalorian universe.
All in all, The Mandalorian is shaping up to be the most valuable piece in the Star Wars puzzle moving forward.